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Prague: Design as Performance

Prague, Czech Republic: June 4–25, 2011


During a three-week Global Arts Workshop, students will investigate the unique visual artistry inherent in Czech theater, its history and influence in Eastern Europe, and its application in contemporary theater performance. Steeped in a legacy of theater performance rooted in the visual tradition, Prague is home and host to some of the most innovative work in theatrical design and performance. This course will trace the genealogy of design influenced performance from its roots in the concentration camps of World War II where the practice of using found objects in imaginative ways began as a means for creating the world of the play to the later 20th century when theater artists invented new ways of communicating visually with their audiences as a means to escape censorship from totalitarian government officials. Through architectural and gallery tours as well as attendance at Czech theaters we will investigate the historical and political conditions from which Eastern European theater emerged in the 20th century and the influence of visual design in contemporary Czech theater. 

The course will include hands on workshops where we will explore tools and approaches for collaboration between the visual and performing arts as well as new ways of incorporating visual arts into storytelling and performance. 

Classes, taught in English, meet four days per week. Students are required to live in program housing provided by NYU Gallatin.

Faculty: Kristin Horton, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Gallatin

Expenses: TBA

Deposit (applied to program costs, non-refundable): TBA

Program Fee (includes some meals, entrance fees): TBA

Housing Fee: TBA

Incidental Costs: Round–trip Airfare (student purchases his/her own airfare)

NYU Registration and Services Fee: TBA

Application Requirements

APPLICATION HAS CLOSED; we are no longer accepting applications

  •  Application
  • One-page essay explaining your interest in the program and what you hope to gain from the study abroad experience
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic adviser
  • Transcript
  • Interview with the Program director and administrator


Admission decisions are based on strength of academic performance, interview, personal statement, and space remaining in the program. Program is filled on a rolling basis and may fill without notice. After you have been notified of acceptance, an initial deposit of $400 is due in order to secure your place in the program.

All application materials should be submitted to Gallatin Office of Global Programs.

Photos from Past Gallatin Prague Travel Courses